Episode 115 – Your Grasp of Biology Troubles Me

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×6 Family and Doctor Who 8×1 Deep Breath

Family

Written & Directed by Joss Whedon

Much to her chagrin, Tara’s family comes to Sunnydale and wants to take her home. Discussion points include:

  • The Whedon theme of adopted family
  • How Tara’s backstory informs her personality
  • Do they undercut the inclusive message?
  • Willow brings Tara into the fold
  • Holy Glory & Buffy’s over-protectiveness
  • Flirtation and dysfunction
Deep Breath

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Ben Wheatley

Clara and the newly regenerated Twelfth Doctor tackle a dinosaur, clockwork droids, and the Doctor’s new face in Victorian London. Discussion points include:

  • Discomfort with the new Doctor
  • The Doctor’s fears and faces
  • Clara as stand-in for Doctor Who fangirls
  • The Doctor and Clara have a spat
  • The Ship of Theseus and the Doctor’s lineage
  • Kissing and Missy

Next time: Doctor Who 8×2 Into the Dalek and Angel 2×6 Guise Will Be Guise.

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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